How to survive the heat of pregnancy?
Your reaction to hot weather during pregnancy can be very individual. There is no shortage of women who feel very good during high temperatures and spend hot days on the lake or the sea. There are also those who feel weak and try to lower their body temperature by all possible means.
It can be helpful:
- staying in air-conditioned rooms or using a windmill,
- putting a cool towel on the neck, wrists or forehead,
- increase in fluid intake, especially water. You can also reach for sports drinks that allow you to replenish lost electrolytes (it is worth remembering that it is unfavorable to both dehydrate and drink too much fluid, which leads to dilution of electrolytes and muscle fatigue and cramps),
- swimming - if you have the opportunity, cool down in the pool, sea or lake,
- if swimming is not possible, take a summer bath with a few drops of lavender oil that will soothe your senses,
- be inspired by the customs prevailing in "hot" countries and make yourself a siesta, minimize physical activity,
- soaking your feet in cool water,
- wearing breathable air-permeable clothing (made of natural fabrics - cotton, linen) that will reduce excessive sweating,
- wearing hats with a wide brim that will protect the face and shoulders,
- avoiding increased physical effort during the day in the open air during the greatest solar activity,
- avoiding wearing tight clothing, especially around the waist,
- limiting the amount of salt,
- avoiding standing or walking for too long,
- do not underestimate the first symptoms of overheating - weakness, dizziness, fatigue or excessive thirst.
In hot weather, you may also experience swelling in your legs. They can be large especially if you are in an advanced pregnancy. To slightly reduce unpleasant symptoms, it is recommended:
- rest for at least an hour a day lying down with slightly raised legs,
- keep your legs slightly raised while sleeping. You can put a rolled up towel underneath,
- wear comfortable shoes, the best will be shoes slightly larger than your foot size,
- remove the wedding ring and rings if they seem too tight.
Tanning during pregnancy - yes or no?
Tanning during pregnancy is not prohibited, but it is also not recommended. It is worth approaching the subject wisely but carefully. Skin during pregnancy is often more susceptible to damage. Pregnancy hormones often make the sun's response surprising. Sunburn and discoloration are more common due to increased sensitivity. Therefore, even if you have always sunbathing quickly and without burns, be careful during pregnancy, because it can be different.
Doctors recommend using high sunscreens, preferably 50 SPF.
What to eat in hot weather?
The best dishes for the heat are light and refreshing meals. It is worth using cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce and fresh peas to prepare them. Watermelon, grapefruit or natural yogurt straight from the fridge will also be helpful.
Dehydration and overheating in pregnancy
Heat during pregnancy can be dangerous because it can lead to overheating and dehydration, which can be harmful to the development of the fetus, especially in the first weeks of pregnancy. In extreme cases, overheating leads to cramps and premature delivery.
Therefore, observe your body's reactions and respond to signals it sends, such as: